One of the most spectacular tropical birds, now sadly threatened with extinction by illegal trade in wildlife, the rare hyacinth macaw attracts much interest through its habits, which reflect its keen intelligence.

Found throughout much of Central Brazil in small and tightly-localized groups, its main habitat is the Pantanal wetlands in Mato Grosso State. Here, it feeds mainly on acuri and bocaiúva palm-nuts, cracking their shells with incredible ease in order to reach their nutritious kernels. It nests in the hollow trunks of large trees such as the mandubi and timbaúva.

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